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2 Kings 6:1-33

6  And the members of the prophets’ fellowship said to Elishaʽ “The place where we are living before you is too cramped for us; 2  let us go to the Jordan and get one timber apiece there and make ourselves a residence there.” And he said “Go.” 3  And one said “Do go with your servants”; and he said “I will,” 4  and went with them; and they came to the Jordan and cut the wood. 5*  And as one was felling a timber the iron ax-head dropped into the water; and he cried out “O, O, sir! and it was borrowed!” 6*  And the man of God said “Where did it fall?” and he showed him the place. And he cut a stick and threw it there, and it made the iron float; 7  and he said “Pick it up,” and he put out his hand and took it. 8*  And the king of Syria was at war with Israel; and he concerted a plan with his officers, telling them “You will post yourselves in such and such a place,” 9  and Elishaʽ sent word to the king of Israel “Keep away from this place, because the Syrians are posted there,” 10  and the king of Israel sent to the place Elishaʽ had told him of; and he warned him, and he kept away from there, not once or twice. 11  And the king of Syria was in a fume over this, and called his officers and said to them “Will you not tell me which of our people is for the king of Israel?” 12  and one of his officers said “No, your majesty, but Elishaʽ, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel the things you say in your bedroom.” 13*  And he said “Go and see where he is, so that I can send and get him”; and they reported to him “He is at Dothan.” 14  And he sent there ponies and chariots and a formidable force, who came by night and encircled the city; 15*  and when Elishaʽ rose and went out the first thing in the morning he found troops surrounding the city, and ponies and chariots; and his man said to him “O, O, sir, what shall we do?” 16  But he said “Do not be afraid, because there are more on our side than on theirs.” 17  And Elishaʽ prayed “Jehovah, open his eyes so that he will see”; and Jehovah opened the man’s eyes so that he saw, and he found the mountain full of ponies with chariots of fire around Elishaʽ. 18  And they came down to him; and Elishaʽ prayed to Jehovah “Strike these heathens with an illusion”; and he struck them with an illusion in accordance with Elishaʽ’s word. 19  And Elishaʽ said to them “This is not the way nor the city; follow me and I will take you to the man you are looking for”—and he took them to Samaria. 20  And when they came into Samaria Elishaʽ said “Jehovah, open these men’s eyes so that they will see”; and Jehovah opened their eyes so that they saw, and they found themselves in the middle of Samaria. 21  And the king of Israel said, when he saw them, “Shall I kill, shall I kill, father?” 22  But he said “You shall not; do you kill those whom you have taken prisoners by your sword and your bow? set bread and water before them and let them eat and drink and go to their sovereign.” 23  And he brought out a great collation for them, and they ate and drank; and he sent them off to their sovereign. And no more Syrian raiders came into the country of Israel. 24  And after this King Ben-Hadad of Syria gathered his entire army and came up and besieged Samaria. 25*  And there was a great famine in Samaria: they besieged it till a donkey’s head was priced at eighty shekels of silver and a pint of pigeons’ droppings at five shekels. 26  And as the king of Israel was passing along the wall, a woman called out to him “Help, your majesty!” 27  And he said “Jehovah help you not! how should I help you? out of the threshing-floor or the winepress?” 28  And the king said to her “What is the matter?” and she said “This woman said to me ‘Let us have your son to eat today, and we will eat mine tomorrow’; 29  and we boiled my son and ate him. And next day I said to her ‘Let us have your son to eat,’ and she hid her son.” 30  And when the king heard the woman’s story he tore his clothes as he was passing along the wall, and the people saw that he had a sackcloth underneath on his flesh. 31*  And he said “God do so to me, and more, if Elishaʽ the son of Shaphat keeps his head on his shoulders today”; 32***  and Elishaʽ was sitting in his house, and the elders sitting with him. And he sent one of the men he had before him; but when the messenger had not yet come to him he said to the elders “Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent to take off my head? Look here: when the messenger comes, shut the door in his face; can you not hear his master’s feet behind him?” 33*  While he was still speaking with them the king made his appearance, and said “Here we have from Jehovah this disaster, why should I wait for Jehovah any longer?”


6:5 Lit. (probably) the blade of the iron dropped
6:6 Or and made
6:8 (post yourselves) Unc.
6:13 Var.* get him,” and was told “He is
6:15 Codd. when the man of God’s servant rose
6:25 (pigeons’ droppings) Unc.
6:31 Lit. if the head of Elishaʽ the son of Shaphat stands on him
6:32 Var. before him, when the messenger had not yet come to him, saying to the elders
6:32 Lit. shut the door and crowd him back with the door
6:32 Lit. is there not the sound of his master’s feet
6:33 Lit. there was the king coming down to him and saying